Loyola Heads To Pepsi Florida Relays This Weekend
April 4, 2013
CHICAGO - Following a record breaking weekend at the Raleigh Relays and the Stanford Invitational, the Loyola University Chicago track & field teams will be back in action this weekend. Squads from Loyola will compete at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. and the Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, Ill.
The Ramblers will compete on Friday and Saturday at both events. Head coach Randy Hasenbank is excited to see his teams back on the track after a successful weekend of competition.
"We are looking forward to some great performances in Florida," said Hasenbank. "We have a group of 18 competing in the Florida Relays. We will compete in events from 100 meters up to 800 meters. We need to race well in the sprints and relays. The meet is very competitive with some of the top sprinters in the world participating. We look forward to putting up marks that may secure spots in the NCAA First Round competition. That meet is fast approaching and we need to make every opportunity count."
The Ramblers will send a formidable squad down to Florida. Senior Declan Murray will anchor the men's side. Murray, the reigning Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year, is coming off one of the finest seasons in the history of Loyola track & field that saw him earn First Team All-America honors after finishing third in the 800m run at the NCAA Championships in March. Loyola will also turn to junior James McLachlan, who was recently crowned Male Field Athlete of the Week by the Horizon League. McLachlan shattered his own school record in the long jump last weekend at the Raleigh Relays and will attempt to keep pushing towards the eight-meter mark this weekend in Gainesville.
The women's side will turn to a mix of youth and experience. Senior Candice Carajohn, like McLachlan, will hope to catapult her way to the top of the leaderboard this weekend when she sees action in both the long jump and the triple jump. On the track, Loyola will turn to sophomore Jade Kinney and freshmen Anietra Butler, Rebecca Stearns and Breanna Walker. All four, along with many of their teammates, will be in action this weekend.
"Looking forward to All-American Declan Murray getting back on the track," continued Hasenbank. "Kevin Glastetter in the 400 should be exciting. James and Candice will both be competing in great long jump competitions."
Loyola will also have a large presence at the Chicagoland Championships, which will be hosted by Lewis University. The Ramblers will be looking to continue improving on various marks as the Horizon League Outdoor Track & Field Championships continue to grow closer. Throwers Paul Yovanic and Alison Szykowny will want to follow up on a banner weekend in Raleigh that saw each put their name at the top of the school record boards in various events.
"The balance of the squad will be competing at the Chicagoland Championships hosted by Lewis University," continued Hasenbank. "This is a crucial meet as well. We have a lot of athletes who need to continue to improve marks in all event areas as we approach the Horizon League meet. We will have about 20 athletes competing Friday and Saturday. Looks like pretty good weather, we need to take full advantage of the opportunity."
The Loyola University Chicago track & field squads will be back in action next weekend when they compete at the Benedictine Eagle Invite in Naperville, Ill., April 12-13.